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Saturday, 18 November 2017

In view of the  high number of people who suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition worldwide,  the European Commission, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the European Professional Football League (EPFL) will campaign together to raise awareness and encourage much-needed action. As expected, one of the main pillars of the campaign will focus on the looming food crisis in the Sahel region.

Following the 7th Meeting of the ACP/EU, which took place in Lusaka, Zambia, and began on the 22nd, 2012, ACP and EU parliamentarians said that the corruption and gender-equality gap hinder African development.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

In light of the 7th ACP Heads of State Summit,  Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States  recently met with the President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in Bata. The conference will be hosted by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and is scheduled to be held between the 10th and 14th of December, 2012.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

European Parliament
-28/29 February: Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
-28 February/1 March: Foreign Affairs Committee
-29 February: Development Committee
-29 February/1 March: International Trade Committee European Council
European Council
-1/2 March: European Council Meeting
Council of Ministers
-27 February: Foreign Affairs Council
-28 February: General Affairs Council
-29 February: COREPER I
ACP Group
-28 February: Information session on Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference
-29 February: Working Group on the Future perspectives of the ACP Group
-1 March: MDFIP Department.S/C on Trade and Commodity Protocols
-2 March: 3rd meeting on ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration
Research events
-29 February/01 March: Conference on animal welfare
-28 February: Conference: Ensuring a Comprehensive EU Approach to Crises
-28 February: Seminar on food security

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Friday, 24 February 2012

As we were informing our readers last week, following the visit of the Prime Minister of Somalia the international conference on the future of the country would discuss the proposed increase in active troop strength in the African Union-led Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Both Catherine Ashton and Andris Piebalgs, High Representative and EU Commissioner for Development respectively, who attended the conference, held on February 23, reaffirmed the EU’s commitment to stabilizing Somalia and announced the EU  will support AMISOM's crucial work with a further €100 million. “The new funding will support the proposed increase in troop strength agreed by UN Security Council Resolution 2036(2012) adopted on Wednesday 22 February”, Ashton stated.

The council has recently adopted conclusions on EUNAVFOR ATALANTA,  EU’s Counter Piracy Operation. Following the Conference on the future of Somalia, which was held in London last week, ministers agreed to extend the mandate of EUNAVFOR until December 2014.

According to a report released by OXFAM, entitled Crises in a New World Order,  prospects for the International humanitarian response system do not appear positive. The organisation states in its report that if resources remain unavailable close to disasters and there is a lack of investment to improve preparedness, the number of people affected by crises will increase significantly in coming years.

Following the visit of the with the Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, announced this week that the EU stands ready to provide additional support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The announcement has come, as CTA Brussels was informing previously, of an international conference on the future of Somalia, to take place in London and on the subject of a UN Security Council endorsement of a strengthened AMISOM, a core issue of the last ACP ambassadors meeting.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

As we announced previously, Somali Prime Minister H.E Abdiweli Mohamed Ali visited Brussels and spoke to the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) this week.  The Somali Prime Minister explained the current state of affairs in Somalia to the ambassadors and addressed efforts being made to cope with security and nation-building concerns. Moreover, as was to be expected, he called for support regarding the London-Somali conference, also scheduled later this week.

As we have been informing our readers in recent weeks, the EPA issue ensures that EAC members states do not go unnoticed.  According to recent reports, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa has noted that there are three options on the table for the EACs to choose from, as the negotiations on the EPA will enter their final round next month.